Wow, I can see being unwilling to answer Jesus’ question because they were too embarrassed by their own hardness of heart, but unable to answer?  Were these lawyers and Pharisees so deeply steeped in regulation that a simple act of mercy escaped them?  I think to myself that I don’t like these people and wonder how they can be so cold.

Then I realize that I have now become the judge.  How frequently do I categorize, stereotype and package others into my preconceived notions.  I interpret a casual comment, a glance, a gesture as an insult to me or my world view. Then I see Christ turn to me and ask why my heart is so cold and I too falter as I try to answer.

—Mr. Gerald Skoch, JD, serves as Vice-President and Chief Mission Officer at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH.